Game Cooks and Naji Tueni teamed up to come up with a remake of a popular 1980’s board game: Haram Al Maarifa. The old Arab trivia game was turned into a mobile app that challenges a player’s knowledge in art, history, geography, science, literature and sports. It’s all in Arabic of course and you can play against your FB friends or random opponents.
It’s pretty much like Quiz Up but it looks nicer and is in Arabic. I think it’s a great app specially for kids and teenagers as it contains a lot of useful information in a lot of interesting topic. If you wish to challenge me, I’m already there so go ahead and download the app on [iOS] or [Android].
Turkey’s Anatolia news agency has reported that ISIS has executed another army soldier, Abbas Medlej, after he tried to escape. This has not yet been confirmed officially but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it. The number of kidnapped or missing soldiers is still unclear and negotiations are still ongoing.
Speaking of ISIS, I was watching this unbelievable report on an Iraqi soldier who managed to escape from a massacre. Check it out below but watch out as it contains sensitive and violent images.
I usually enjoy reading Vice’s articles but this one is not very accurate to say the least, unless they know something we don’t. Lebanon has been the Middle East’s next ticking bomb for 3 years now yet things are still relatively under control. I don’t know if it’s just me, but things have improved lately from what I’ve seen and getting ammunition and new weapons to the Lebanese Army will only help stabilize the situation.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope things will improve further.
On Wednesday, the country’s Daily Star newspaper reported that the Russian ambassador to Lebanon confirmed that the two nations are in the process of negotiating potential military cooperation. This comes on the heels of Lebanon’s request to the US in August for new aircraft to support counterinsurgency operations against the Islamic State and other jihadist groups. Saudi Arabia recently granted $1 billion to Lebanon to help its fight against the Islamic State, on top of another huge dollop of cash it pledged to the country’s military last year. Fighting from Syria’s civil war finally spilled over into the Lebanese town of Arsal in early August, bringing ISIS forces with it. The country’s Cabinet convened a special session just days later to chart a plan for getting military assistance from “brotherly and friendly countries.” In other words, Lebanon is looking for guns and ammo from just about anyone willing to supply them. [Vice]
A video is being shared of two topless women kissing and flirting on a beach resort in Lebanon. The video is being circulated everywhere but I am not sharing it. The resort is very familiar yet this could be a private party in a private spot (or bungalow), so unless they are ok with publishing this video, it’s no one’s business what they are doing.
The Issam Fares Institute For Public Policy and International Affairs was listed among the 9 best new university buildings around the world. The building was created by Zaha Hadid Architects and serves as an international think-tank for Middle Eastern affairs.
I’ve tried hard to look at the building from different perspectives but I still find it ugly. I’ve posted more pictures below and you can check out other university buildings [Here].
Speaking of AUB, the Charles Hostler Student Center was also listed among the 50 most impressive environmentally friendly university buildings. You can read the original post [Here].
A witty ad by Volkswagen Lebanon poking fun at the latest websites ban.
Jokes aside, Hayde Siyara!
I don’t know if it broke down or ran out of gas, but that’s not a sight you see every day.